For me, every day in Iceland is a mix of adrenaline rushes, fear, tears, love, wonder, astonishment and laughter! Of course, I start each morning, by putting on sparkling diamond jewelry. When things get tough, I think putting on Diamonds first, makes the next step easier. The Icelandic Fire, Ice & Waterfalls are all part of my colorful adventure that I will carry with me forever…just like the diamonds I will wear again and again.
The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik is the natural place to start….
I think it is common knowledge that Romance, Diamonds AND Food go together! Famous love stories and memorable wedding proposals seem to always include romantic fires being kindled over dinners. Also, REAL WOMEN EAT… and great food sparkles my spirit, as well as fuels my travels. Searching for the next great chef, however, is better left to food critics and food bloggers. As for me: “I’m a woman of simple tastes; I’m always satisfied with the best“. Yes, I am paraphrasing from the over-quoted Oscar Wilde (he said “man” instead of “woman”), but true it is! I am fortunate to have experienced the signature plates of great luminaries like Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Danielle Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Jose Andres. Oh, the luminary luxuries of fine dining experiences! So, my Scottsdale travel itinerary included a beautiful afternoon with the Italian cuisine of the Award Winning Italian Chef Marcellino Version at MARCELLINO RISTORANTE. For foodies, I listed all of his luminary experiences and awards at the end of this blog. For everyone else, here is some info on my Sparkling Jewelry from HYDE PARK JEWELERS …
Just as every woman owns/wants at least one little black dress or several black dresses (e.g. mine are in several sizes), every woman deserves, wants or owns a Diamond. Actually, it is a Diamond Wardrobe that we all want and need. Unfortunately, most women think they need to receive their first Diamond or all Diamonds as Gifts, not via Self-Purchase. Sidebar: a Diamond received as a Gift of Love, still takes my breath away! BUT…a woman’s Diamond Journey should not be dependent on the tradition of a Diamond Engagement Ring. A Diamond can be treasured as a Gift or Self-Purchase… both are possible and they are not mutually exclusive.
Why Not from Mom or Dad…
When I supported the DeBeers Group for ten years, I had access to valuable consumer research…showing the motivations and buying habits of consumers. Oh, was it disturbing and sad to see that only 20% of women were comfortable buying diamond jewelry for themselves! Well, the JOY OF WEARING a Diamond need not depend on a man. Sidebar#2: remember, a Diamond received as a Gift of Love is still desirable and a magical Diamond Moment! Why doesn’t a woman’s Diamond Journey begin, however, when she receives her first diamond from her Mom or Dad? Why not from an her aunt or uncle? A woman can also start her Diamond Journey!
Just as technology and scientific advances have changed every aspect of our daily lives, it has also altered what type of jewelry and gemstones are available to us.
Fine jewelry enhances how we look and feel and it all begins with the allure of gemstones. While rarity is a component of the pricing of gemstones, the allure or love of gemstones is primarily about their Beauty, Sparkle and Color …created by Mother Nature. Technology, however, is altering the supply and color of gemstones, in addition to maybe altering our definition of a “Gemstone”.
Gemstones & Beauty
Gemstones/rocks too soft to be cut or faceted into gemstones (in the not so distant past) are now heavily marketed and popular with many women. For example: Precious Gemstones (i.e. Diamonds, Sapphires & Rubies) are still treasured, but the category of Semi-Precious gemstones has expanded to include stones like “Drusy” (a type of quartz that to me, sounds like one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs) and “Chrome Diopside” (Doesn’t that sound like a dangerous chemical?). So, there are many beautiful gemstones, not as durable and not as sparkling as a Diamond, for example,…but it terms of beauty, well beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.